Rank: 2nd Officer
Route: Irish Sea, predominantly Liverpool - Dublin
Current work Pattern: 2 Weeks on - 2 weeks off. 12 hour shifts. 00:00 - 12:00 / 12:00 - 00:00
How important is your personal wellness to you?
Along with many seafarers, I never used to think about ‘wellness’ at all. Whilst there are many great things about going to sea and working in ships, you don’t (or at least you shouldn’t) come into the job without the expectation that at some point you will experience fatigue, eat a poor diet and lack of adequate rest whilst onboard. I have noticed the effect of these factors on my general ‘wellness’ over the last 2 years mainly during my time at home.
Specifically, I have had weeks ashore where I have felt almost perpetually tired and lethargic and had begun to lose interest in my sports and interests away from work as all I felt like doing was resting. The nature of some ferry operations is relentless and you are often having to get your rest at completely unnatural times of day for up to 3 weeks at a stretch.
How important is your personal fitness to you?
My personal fitness is something which I have been taking more and more seriously recently. I was given a warning at my last ENG 1 medical as my BMI was on the borderline for an unrestricted certificate. This really concerned me, I was aware that I had been putting on weight but had been struggling to keep it in check.\
How important is what you eat, do you eat to live or live to eat?
This is actually a difficult question for me!
I live for good food and when I am home I tend to eat varied and quality food in moderation…. most of the time!
At work I tend to eat much more than I do at home, this is mainly to fuel me through the day. After a 12 hour shift I tend to be ravenous and will often eat a big meal at the end of the day.
What do you know about fitness/wellness/mental health?
Not a great deal!!